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A Lovely Photo Blog to Share & a Few Thoughts

I enjoy photos and blogs from folks living in other countries.  I ran across this new blog today.  Enjoy!


And in the spirit of “thinking good thoughts,” I will resume posting to the blog after taking about six months off.  Next time I will have some updated photos of the farm flock.  Take care, and think good thoughts.

Friday Farm Photo #6

I posted this photo last year after an eagle flew LOW over the barnyard (and my head.)  He rested in a tree in our backyard for about 10 minutes.  I was able to get some great photos of this awesome raptor and his prey.

Friday’s Farm Photo

I love taking photos on the farm – its seasonal landscape, the ever-changing sky, the weathering of the century-old barn, the slow decay of long-abandoned machinery.  And more often than not, I find my camera lens focused on one of our critters – the lambs, sheep or llamas.  They are endlessly energetic, perfectly photogenic, and naturally entertaining.

Often, I love a photo but it just doesn’t fit with the theme of a blog post.  I’ve decided to begin a new weekly post called “Friday’s Farm Photo.”  I will post a photo – sometimes with a background story but at other times I will just let you figure it out.

This first photo is one for you to figure out…what do you think?  Do you see what she sees?

Life has Intervened

You may have noticed that I haven’t posted in over six weeks.  Siiiigghhhh….   Life has certainly intervened.

In the past six weeks, we visited grandchildren in California, sheared the sheep, and flew out of state to help with an ailing relative.  Sadly, our loved one’s cancer was quite advanced and her death came quickly.   Between relatives, funeral arrangements and grieving – I am exhausted!

So, please bear with me as I get back up to speed with the blog. In the barnyard, the ewes bellies are widening as the lambs grow.  Lambs are due on the ground in April.  And I have photos of sheep shearing, grandchildren and fleece to share.  I don’t have any photos uploaded to the computer yet.  I will be back – I promise.

In the meantime, here are a few sheep photos.  Enjoy!

Little Red Oak Bella on the left, is FOR SALE. Roundabout Acres Baab is the sire of her lamb(s). Little Red Oak Jellybean is on the right (NFS.)

BFL x NC Cheviot Mule ewe lamb Fiona loves to have her picture taken. Fiona asks, "Do you miss us? We will be back soon!"

What do llamas think when they see a hot air balloon?

Yesterday I pulled back the drapes to open the door while letting the dogs outside.  I was surprised by what I saw.  It’s not every day that I open the door to discover a very large balloon.  In fact, I have never had a balloon hanging over my house, have you?

Hot air balloon floating over our house.

I threw on my boots, hat and jacket, and grabbed my Nikon DSLR as I ran outside.  I didn’t want to let this photo opportunity pass by!  The balloons were in town for the Center City Winter Festival.  We usually can’t attend because of work.  It’s too bad because we enjoy watching the snowmobile and ATV races on frozen Center Lake as well as turkey bowling, sled dog rides, chili cook-off, hay and helicopter rides, etc.  We went the first year we lived here; it was about -20F., windy and frigid!  My brother, his wife and boys went with us and we had a blast!  Unfortunately, that year the balloons could not launch due to inclement weather.  This year, the conditions were great for ballooning; although it was very cold, the skies were clear with a light breeze blowing in the right direction to bring them over us.

Here come the balloons! You can't see them but the chase cars are idling on the road to the right.

A beautiful balloon in the distance.

The flock was a bit confused by the silent beasts in the sky.

Balloons float over the east pasture.

The camera battery died after a number of photos; as a result, I didn’t get shots of all the balloons.  But that was okay.  I enjoyed the show from a vantage point right outside the barnyard.  I stood quietly next to the llamas and sheep while we all watched the stealthy, colorful beasts of the air.  The balloons silently floated away to the north, leaving no trace  of their passing.  I wonder if the llamas will retain this memory?  For me, I will always keep a joyful memory in my heart of brightly colored balloons on a cold, cold winter day.

Friday’s Photos – The View from Somewhere Else

Today I wanted to post some photos from our vacation last October.  We had rain, rain, snow, clouds, ice, a bit of sun … and more rain.  But we had a wonderful time.  We drove from Minnesota, through the Rockies and on to the southwest of Colorado.  We camped in solitude with our dogs and scouted out some fly fishing possibilities.  Most of the rest of the country goes camping when it is warm.  Not us!

We drove back to camp in Custer State Park in the Black Hills, stopping to visit our little patch of the west on the southern edge of the Black Hills. A number of years ago, I drove out to the Black Hills with my dog, on my birthday, and signed a contract to buy a piece of western land.  The man I bought it from was bemused that a woman would drive from Minnesota, by herself, to buy a piece of land.  “Where is your husband?” he inquired.  “My husband was at home and couldn’t get away,” I replied.  Smiling, he asked if I was a “woman’s libber?”  I told him that I am a woman who loves the West.  I just wanted my own little piece of it.

It’s not the first time we’ve driven into the southern Black Hills in a snowstorm.  We have had many a camping trip with our children on their March/April school break.  It was nature, off season, and an inexpensive family trip.  We grew to love it out there, it didn’t matter to us what time of year.  In the Hills, we spend time with the pronghorn antelope, buffalo, turkey, deer, and bighorn sheep.  The wind in the pines is amazing and the western prairie starkly beautiful.  Enjoy the photos.

Southwest Colorado. It was about 40 degrees.

An abandoned fence in southwest Colorado 2009

The Shepherd took this photo from the rim of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison River, Colorado 2009. The river is 1/2 mile below.

Snow at Sylvan Lake, Black Hills, South Dakota 2009. The trout were saved by the snow. Too cold to fish.

The view from our western cabin....some day. Elk Mountain burned several years ago in extensive Black Hills fires. The fire came within 1/4 mile of our vacation property.

Friday’s Frosty Photos

A few apples still cling to the old apple tree

Frosty fleece wreckers

The birds left a few berries for a winter treat

The absolute worst fleece offenders

The land rests

Aargh! The weeds! But they ARE pretty covered in frost...

Happy New Year! Friday’s Fab Five (Photos)

We are Truly Blessed

The New Year is always a time of retrospection.  I have been looking through farm and family photos as a way of reflection — and planning for the future.  As newbie Shepherds, we are constantly “tweaking” our methods.  We have made some changes to the farm/flock management this past year – some proved ingenious, “Why didn’t we think of that before?”   Other changes have left us groaning, “Why is there a sheep under our bedroom window – at midnight?!?”  I will do a post on triumphs and tribulations in the future…

On Friday’s in January, I will post my favorite photos from 2009.  Most, but not all photos have already been featured at some point on this blog.  I hope you enjoy them!

Rudy and his sheep. The black eweling in the rear is Helena, a BFL X NC Cheviot. I really like her confirmation, disposition, fiber and size. If you click on the photo to enlarge, you can see the shine of the fleece of the white Shetland Mule standing directly behind Rudy's legs. As a contrast, the Cheviot Mule fiber is more dull, but very "sproingy."

Shetland ewe Nugget stands over NC Cheviot Molly as she snoozes in the snow. Molly is Helena's dam.

Gus waits patiently for the Shepherdess to finish chores in the barnyard.

Gus waits patiently for the Shepherdess to finish chores in the barnyard. I have never had a dog as sweet, well-behaved and loyal as this boy. He truly is a gem. And he is intact. If you are looking for a purebred, 7/8 Scottish/English bred Border Collie sire, contact me. We sure would like to have an offspring of his.

Granddaughter Reese is not sure what to think of bottle baby Duncan. Of course, he thought she was wonderful!

Twin Shetland Mule ewe lambs playing on Rudy

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